Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand)
A singular and distinctive artist and filmmaker. All his films and artworks are set in his native Thailand. His works deal with memory, subtly addressing personal politics and social issues. Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry, he is active in promoting experi- mental and independent film-making through his company Kick the Machine.
His video installations and other works have attracted great acclaim at major international exhibitions such as the Istanbul Biennial, the Taipei Biennial, and the Busan Biennale.
A slowly moving camera captures the interiors of various houses in a village. They are all deserted except one house with a group of young soldiers. They are digging up the ground. It is unclear whether they are exhuming or burying something. The voices of three young men are heard. They repeat, rehearse, memorise a letter to a man named Boonmee. They tell him about a small com- munity called Nabua where the inhabitants have abandoned their homes. The wind blows fiercely through the doors and the windows, bringing with it a swarm of bugs. As evening approaches, the sky turns dark. The bugs scatter and the men are silent.